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A new poll shows us neck-and-neck in Minnesota, with a vote on marriage still a year off. There’s just two weeks left to pass marriage in New York, but a Senate bill still hasn’t even been introduced yet. Illinois launched civil unions this week as Rhode Island debated doing the same. And a Michigan Republican can’t tell the difference between gay couples and child abusers.
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This week’s all about Equality Maryland’s chaos, plus the looming deadline in New York, civil unions in Illinois, and that French politician who compared gay couples to bestiality.
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It’s almost all bad news this week, with an anti-gay measure gaining ground in Minnesota, slow progress in New York, a resignation in North Carolina, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker staking out a position against LGBT hospital visitation.
Judging by their new single, “Dystopia (The Earth Is On Fire), ” Jonah Bechtolt and Claire Evan’s internal landscape has gotten decidedly less sunny. The burning earth of “Dystopia” is a far cry from the friendly appliances of 2009′s “Psychic City.” Shangri-La will have its own “Utopia” track to balance it out, but until then you can take a listen to this one and dance like it’s the end of the world.
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The fight for marriage intensifies in New York with the long-awaited marriage bill finally introduced. But do LGBT groups have the support needed to pass it? Cathy Marino-Thomas will fill us in on their latest lobbying efforts. New York’s pro-marriage Republicans could tip the scale in our favor, but in other states Republicans are working to ban marriage, and to penalize employers who provide health care to same-sex spouses. Binational LGBT couples are in a legal limbo right now, with a judge delaying Henry Velandia’s deportation proceedings for another seven months. Lavi Solloway was there in court, and will tell us what happened.
Kitchen-sink indie pop band Go! Team is a TNG favorite for many reasons. Most have to do with frontwoman/rapper/human-energizer-bunny Ninja. A frenetic, compelling live performer akin to Gallagher having a PCP freakout and taking his hammer to a Meerkat den, Ninja’s ability to engage a crowd is staggering. Her charm and personality are staggering too, as displayed here, but what you don’t know is that the woman is toned to the point where she makes Madonna look like a used condom full of rice pudding. Seriously: If I could do a second interview that consisted entirely of me grating cheese on her abs, I’d do it.
Happy Monday as we unveil our 2nd of two interviews Queer-lead and all-around TNG approved rockers Of Montreal. This time we feature frontman and brainchild Kevin Barnes, who is about as queer as anyone married to a woman could be, and actually queerer than most guys you see at your average cocktail party. His albums are littered with references to things like gay sex, promiscuity, Prince-worthy falsettoes and Georgie Fruit, Kevin’s “black shemale” alter-ego. In this interview, he discusses religion, sex, gender and so much more. If you’re not interested in checking out Of Montreal after watching this, you at least might find yourself inspired to have some really filthy sex.
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Disagreement over marriage versus civil unions could drive Rhode Island’s LGBT activists against each other. An unknown source is funneling millions of dollars to anti-gay groups in fifteen states. We’ll talk about Target’s role in Minnesota’s double-ban on marriage, and share some good news from Brazil, Scotland, and Taiwan.
French pop luminary Yelle (nee’ Julie Budet) is the frontwoman of her like-named band. While she is the vocal point — providing the voice, look and amazing dance moves at their unforgettable live shows — she is also joined by band mates Grand Marnier and Tepr. Together they combine the best features of, say, Hot Chip and Robyn as carefully controlled beats and lights combine with a white-hot frontwoman to make one of the more thrilling live dance parties in my recent memory.
Queer-lead and all-around TNG approved rockers Of Montreal are as much about their visual aesthetic and their LSD live shows as they are their own music. In this, the first of two Of Montreal video interviews, David Barnes (Kevin’s brother) gave us a bit of his time to discuss where the Of Montreal visuals come from, what the American flag means to him and just exactly how they can perform in those costumes night after night.